The biggest change from regional to elite racing, I noticed was the sheer speed. Straight away we were sprinting flat out for the first corner and fighting fiercely for the best positions. In retrospect, I wasn’t really ready for such an ‘aggressive’ start and the next time I looked up for air I was already pretty far back in the ranks of riders.
The course was challenging with lots of off camber turns and a rooty, wooded section which certainly slowed me down (even if it didn’t seem to affect Annie Simpson et al!). I got around incident-free and was pleased to survive my first elite race. I now have a pretty good idea of what I need to work on to be more competitive in the elite ranks.
So, for now, it’s onwards and upwards!"